CANCER RESEARCH UK
Over the years, I have learnt a lot and shared a lot about cancer. Again, I've been lucky. The CA125 blood test that indicates the level of ovarian cancerous cells in the body, has been an accurate marker for me.
Did you know we have the work of CRUK to thank for a trial that looked at CA125 testing as routine follow up for cancer of the ovary...
Based on my family history of ovarian cancer, genetic testing was made available to ascertain if I was carrying the faulty BRCA1 gene. In 2010 my test results returned positive (unfortunate turn of phrase!). This meant that my daughter and my sisters were also at risk of having this faulty cancerous gene. My sisters, after an initial period of being ostriches with their heads in the sand (a natural reaction for lots of people), finally had the blood test – thankfully, with good results confirming they do not carry the BRCA1 faulty gene.
My daughter Bobbie however, was not so fortunate, ie. test results confirmed my daughter had the same faulty gene as my mother and myself. This has prompted Bobbie to seriously think about her own mortality.
After a year of serious thought and consideration, support and advice, Bobbie opted for a preventative double mastectomy; This radical, not to mention very brave decision, removed all her breast tissue thus reducing her chances of getting breast cancer from 88% to 5%. The breast cancer worry has now diminished; Bobbie's ovaries will be dealt with at a later stage.
This is the BBC video of Bobbie that was produced in 2013 on behalf of CRUK:
Bobbie and I are massive believers in prevention being better than cure. Today we know that lives CAN be saved – IF symptoms are presented early. We are sharing our story to encourage other people to be proactive when it comes to cancer.
If you have any concerns, please visit your GP - now.